As of November 2016, Californians faced a new grocery-store reality: No more plastic bags. Voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags: 52 percent to 48 percent.
“It’s a victory that California voters have said ‘no’ to big plastic,” said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste.
The ban took effect immediately, meaning grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts and liquor stores would no longer provide single-use plastic carry-out bags to customers. Customers who forget to bring their own bags to the store should be prepared to pay at least 10 cents for a recycled paper bag or reusable alternative.
I was in California in September, and talked about this with my friends and relatives there. They are getting used to no plastic, trying to remember their re-usable bags, or taking home paper bags instead. At a big weekend festival I took these pictures: